SEVEN YEARS WITHOUT YOU
(A Standoff Between Money and Power (8)
"You don't seem to know yet?" Gao Ran asked carefully.
"Know what? Hurry up and tell me what happened?"
Zhu Lingling had been distracted ever since she found out that Huo Mian had lied to her.
Deng Kai also warned her about it, but her life had been peaceful thus far.
However, the more peaceful it was, the more unsettled she became. It felt like the calm before a storm.
She had already deleted all methods of communication with Deng Kai, so she didn't have a source of information. Huo Mian, on the other hand, was a crappy friend who made her worry by not telling her stuff like this…
It wasn't the first time Gao Ran broke the news like this…
All the upper-class people heard about what happened between Zhu Lingling, Huo Mian, and Zhou Guangming at the Seductive Fox.
- 20 minutes later -
Gao Ran picked Zhu Lingling up in his Jaguar, and they went to a restaurant.
He ordered a lot of dishes, but Zhu Lingling wasn't in the mood to eat.
Gao Ran slowly told Zhu Lingling everything that happened, and Zhu Lingling's eyes immediately turned red…
"Hey, don't cry, I'm not used to you being so vulnerable." Gao Ran was surprised that Zhu Lingling was crying.
He assumed that she would curse that son-of-a-b*tch for at least half an hour.
"It was all my fault, Huo Mian is in this mess because of me." Zhu Lingling choked as guilt filled her eyes.
She felt awful after she heard that the Zhou Family issued an arrest warrant and sued Huo Mian at the Provincial Procuratorate.
It felt like a rock had been dropped onto her heart, and she couldn't breathe.
"Don't get agitated yet, I didn't finish talking. Yes, the arrest warrant was issued, but we didn't actually arrest her. Qin Chu called my dad and he dealt with it. Don't worry too much about the lawsuit as well. As long as Qin Chu's by her side, even God himself won't be able to do anything to Huo Mian."
"I know what Qin Chu's capable of, but Huo Mian is still in this mess because of me… Everything happened because of me, it had nothing to do with her. I wish I never sent her that WeChat message that night… If she didn't come, then the Zhou family would not be hunting her down right now."
Gao Ran immediately rolled his eyes at Zhu Lingling, "What are you talking about? If Huo Mian didn't go, that trash Zhou Guangming would have gotten his way with you."
"I'd rather it be like that then have Huo Mian be in this mess! She's my best friend, and I don't want to hurt her."
"Huo Mian would never think that way, she doesn't blame you," Gao Ran comforted her.
"Sir, can you bring over a bottle of Maotai?"
"Hey, what are you doing?" Gao Ran exclaimed with exasperation.
"I'm depressed and want to have a drink."
"But baijiu's too much, have some beer instead."
"No, I want Maotai. You don't have to stay here with me, I can drink alone…"
Zhu Lingling declared those domineering words like a man. Although she said that, Gao Ran was the one who suggested that they eat together.
If he was paying, then he should be the one to drink with her.
In the end, Gao Ran and Zhu Lingling each drank an entire bottle of Maotai and countless bottles of beer.
When they helped each other out of the restaurant, they were both so drunk that they didn't even know where they were.
"No… drinking and driving… I know the law… I can't break it… Call for a designated driver." Gao Ran burped as he helped Zhu Lingling lean on his car. Then, he dialed a number, "Hey, 911? Find me a designated driver."
- 15 minutes later at the municipal bureau -
The good thing was it was their bureau's officers who came to pick them up. If it were another bureau, the rumors would not be good for their reputation.
The captain of the criminal police got drunk and called 911 for a designated driver?
Was this not an intentional obstruction of public order?
The officers at the bureau looked at the two drunks before them; they were all speechless, "What are we supposed to do about Captain now?"
"This is the first time I've seen Captain stay up so late to drink with a woman. Does he have a thing for her?" one of the officers asked.
In the end, the officers decided to check both of them into a four-star hotel next to the bureau.
"Sir, this is all we can do to help you." The officers placed Zhu Lingling and Gao Ran on the luxurious bed, closed the door, and left.
- The next morning -
Zhu Lingling dizzily flipped over and felt something beside her.
She slowly opened her eyes; when she realized what it was, she screeched, "AHHHHHH!!!!!!"
As soon as she screamed, Gao Ran work up in a daze. He was also dumbfounded when he recognized who he was with.
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